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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C.  The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar.  This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient.  Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each! 

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future.  We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.


Visit the CCHS Archive & Research Center in our New Location!

 

After calling the Chevy Chase Library home for more than 15 years, the CCHS Archive and Research Center has moved to a larger space at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010 in historic Chevy Chase Lake.  If you're at the Library, just walk a long block north and enter the office building at the corner of Connecticut and Chevy Chase Lake Drive.

Our hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Or you may schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase one of our books, you can reach us by email info@chevychasehistory.org or by phone at 301-656-6141.

We look forward to welcoming our members, patrons, and researchers (and everyone interested in Chevy Chase history) at our new location!

  New Reading Room at the Chevy Chase Historical Society
       


 

History-Go-Round Tours: April 14 and 15
“The History and the Mystery of Chevy Chase Lake"

The April 14 Tour is SOLD OUT;
Reserve a place for April 15 

 
 

 



Join us at our new Archive and Research Center with former director, Gail Sansbury for an illustrated lecture and walking tour of Chevy Chase Lake.

Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

In 1892 Cocquelin Run, a tributary of Rock Creek, was dammed to create a lake next to the power house which produced electricity for the new trolley line on Connecticut Avenue. The trolley carried residents of the new suburb to their jobs in downtown Washington. But the lake was much more than an industrial pond -- on its banks was the Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park.

 
 

Operating from 1894 to 1936, the park was intended to draw prospective land and home buyers to the Chevy Chase Land Company's new suburban development. With picnic areas, boating, a bandstand, dancing pavilions, a merry-go-round, and other amusements, it was open from late spring through early fall.  During winters, skaters glided over the lake’s frozen surface.

Participants will gather at our new office at 8401 Connecticut Ave., where Sansbury will present an illustrated introduction to the history of the lake and surrounding area. She will then lead the group on a walking tour, pointing out the contours in the land where the lake once stood, and passing other points of reference. Historic photos of the lake and environs from the CCHS archive will be shared to illustrate the “then and now” of these locations. After the walking tour, the group will then return to the Chevy Chase Historical Society Archive and Research Center for refreshments and continued discussion as desired.

The price for the tour and refreshments is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Space is limited and reservations must be paid for by check in advance. To make a reservation and receive further information, please email Mary Sheehan at msheehan246@aol.com.

 

CCHS Spring Lecture 2017 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel!

"Readers Build Community: The Literary Culture of Early Chevy Chase"

An illustrated lecture celebrating the new CCHS online exihibit "Chevy Chase Reads"


 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2016 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Longtime Bethesda resident and journalist Steve Roberts gave an illustrated lecture, “A Tale of Two Suburbs: Bethesda and Chevy Chase.”  Please visit our YouTube Channel

To purchase Steve Roberts' book, please visit our online store

 
 

We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on May 7, 2017

For the complete list of the 2017 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.

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The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County